About us


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Currie Playgroup is a registered charity, and a member of Early Years Scotland, with whom it is fully insured.  Playgroup has Partner Provider status (with the City of Edinburgh Council) and follows the pre-school curriculum.  It is a non-profit making organisation and relies on fees and fund-raising events to supplement the Council grant in order to meet its running.  Playgroup is managed by a parent led committee and involvement in the running of playgroup and fund-raising is strongly encouraged.


Aims:

We aim to provide a nurturing, fun filled, safe and stimulating environment where everybody feels welcome.


Staff

Our staff have a wealth of experience with children. They are:
  • Katie Brown, Play Leader and Manager
  • Alison Brown, Deputy Play Leader, 
  • Fiona Brien, Play Assistant
  • Stacey Adam, Play Assistant,
  • Gary Potter, Play Assistant,
  • Sally Brown, Play Assistant,
  • Suanne Smith, Play Assistant
  • Rachel Gibbs, Business Manager,
  • Ellen Forrest, Cleaner

Curriculum

The themes and activities at playgroup are carefully chosen to promote learning through play.  We follow two curricula: Building the Ambition for 2-3 year olds Framework and the Curriculum for Excellence for 3 -18 year olds.

Building the Ambition Framework has three key features that we use to offer child led learning: Well-being, Communication and Curiosity, Inquiry and Creativity. We help younger children to feel safe and secure in playgroup so that they can learn new skills such as sharing, making friends, coping with new rules and routines and understanding what is acceptable and what is not. They are offered many learning opportunities with a wealth of resources and come to playgroup to play and learn without even realising it.

The Curriculum for Excellence has eight curriculum areas. These are literacy, numeracy, health and well being, science, expressive arts, religious and moral education, social studies and technologies. Some of these stand alone and others cross over more than one area. The Early Years level of the curriculum covers the children’s education to the end of Primary 1 so there are many objectives that they start to learn at Playgroup, continue to learn at Nursery and then master in Primary 1.

All these documents are available in full if you would like to see them or you can visit the following websites:


Daily structure

During the morning children are welcome to participate in daily free flow play, and can choose between indoor and outdoor play. We operate a rolling snack from 9.30-10.15am and children are welcome to come when they wish during this window, so as not to interrupt their play. We encourage the children to participate in learning to care for themselves through activities such as hand washing and teeth brushing. Also we support child independence and participation through the likes of self registration and self service during snack. At 11.30am we have a quick a tidy up where all children are encourged to join in and then end with singing and a story. Full time children who attend as part of the Scottish Governments Early Learning and Childcare expansion, stay for lunch where we offer a high quality, healthy and balanced meal sourced locally. After lunch we follow a similar structure to the morning but learning opportunities are aimed for children aged between 3-5 years old, with reference to the Curriculum for Excellence. We enjoy local walks and adventures (play park and shop visits), and visit the Dementia Cafe every month with small groups of children.

All learning experiences are carefully planned and offered to support learning and responsive planning ensures that we follow the child's lead and offer meaningful play opportunities. We have recently purchased a full range of new resources for the children to use and there is daily access to a variety of toys, play dough, digital technologies and energetic physical play. There is a well-stocked book corner for a story and children are invited to choose their own. 

At Christmas, and at the end of the summer term, playgroup holds a party for all the children attending playgroup, even if it is on a day that your child does not normally attend.  

Outings are offered each term to all children even if it is not a day that they attend. We also invite visitors to come and tell us about their special work.

Parental involvement

Parents and carers are encouraged to be involved in Playgroup in the following ways:
  • Provision of household items, e.g. tissues, bin liners etc
  • Fundraising
  • Decorating/ gardening/ simple DIY
  • Becoming a committee member

Equipment

Playgroup is extremely well equipped with a wide range of safe and modern toys, which include:
  • Play kitchen and home corner
  • Story corner
  • Shop
  • Art table including paint, paper, pencils, gluing and junk modelling
  • Outdoor sand play
  • Water play
  • Construction toys, including wooden bricks, duplo and lego
  • Jigsaws and board games
  • Dressing up materials, such as scarves and fabrics
  • Puppets
  • Airport, garage, hospital, zoo, farm
  • Indoor soft play and tunnels
  • Musical instruments
  • Listening centre
  • ipads
  • Garden
  • Outdoor toys including bikes and scooters for all levels of ability